Mark Leggatt

Mark Leggatt

Mark Leggatt – Editor



Mark is a manuscript assessor, editor and author who’s twice topped Blackwell’s bestseller list.

Mark Leggatt

He began his writing career taking advice and receiving manuscript assessments by professionals on his own debut novel, so he knows what it takes to become published and secure an agent.

He’s the author of five books and an Associate Editor for Fledgling Press. Mark has produced detailed editorial reports, manuscript assessments and submission reviews for clients in the UK, EU and North America. He also provides expert advice on submission packs, and how to grab the reader from the first page of your novel.

As an author, he is represented by literary agent Jon Wood at RCW.

Why we love Mark


Mark has appeared at literary festivals in the UK, US and the EU, and also performs improv as part of the author touring group Four Blokes in Search of a Plot. They’re currently only on YouTube, but will be back in theatres and at literary festivals in the future

What Mark says about editing


Writing editorial reports on your manuscript or submission package is what I love to do. It’s a great feeling to know that you’ve made a difference by passing on the hard-won experience of the journey to being published.

I know it’s a big commitment spending money on professionals to assess your work, because I did the same more than fifteen years ago, and their advice has helped me immeasurably in my career.

I also lead workshops on all aspects of the writing life and how to get published as part of Live Literature, a scheme sponsored by The Scottish Government and The Scottish Book Trust. I have participated in Bridges Beyond Boundaries, a literary programme supported by The British Council in India and Scotland.

One thing to remember is that a great book doesn’t happen by accident, it takes hard work and dedication. As Ernest Hemingway said;

‘It’s none of their business that you have to learn how to write. Let them think you were born that way.

Genres Mark specialises in



Fiction:


Contemporary


Literary (including ‘bookclub’)


Crime / Thriller / Action


Science Fiction


Fantasy


Comic/Satire


Paranormal


Short stories & novellas



Non-Fiction:


Memoir/Autobiography


Other narrative non-fiction


Subject-led non-fiction


Mark’s published books



Testimonials


 

“As a debut author the greatest luck I had was having Mark Leggatt  to mentor me. He has patience, humour and a deep well of knowledge. He cajoled me, and kept me ploughing on, managing as he did so to teach this old dog a new trick or two. I couldn’t have written my first book without his help and guidance.”

– Mark Lavery, Author

“Mark is an insightful and highly skilled editor. His has the ability to develop a strong rapport with his clients to ensure a constructive working relationship based on trust that ensures manuscripts achieve their true potential.”

 – Neil Broadfoot, Author, and McIllvanney and Dundee International Book Prize nominee

“The report on my book was an eye-opener, and delivered with helpful examples of how to improve my writing. Mark didn’t pull any punches, and showed me exactly where I was going wrong and how to fix it. It was a pleasure to work with him, and I look forward to doing so again with my next book.”

– Ronnie Hewitt, Author

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Morwenna Loughman

Morwenna Loughman

Morwenna Loughman – Editor



Morwenna has nearly a decade’s experience as a commissioning editor at HarperCollins and Penguin Random House.

Morwenna Loughman

Morwenna’s worked with globally bestselling and award-winning authors such as Hilary Mantel, Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, Brené Brown, Marie Kondo, Tim Ferriss, Edward de Bono, Nigel Slater and Max Hastings.

Her focus is predominantly on non-fiction – ranging across personal development, memoir, business and cookery to psychology and true-crime – as well as some literary fiction, thrown in for good measure. Morwenna is also a literary agent and regularly participates in ‘Agent’s Table’ discussions, giving one-to-one manuscript feedback to authors.

Why we love Morwenna


Morwenna is also an experienced podcast host and editor, with an MA in Acting from Drama Centre London and a 1st Class MA in Philosophy and English Literature from Trinity College Dublin.

What Morwenna says about editing


Publishing can be an opaque, intimidating and esoteric business; I want to help demystify it. I strongly believe that an emphasis on developing ideas and spotting potential is key to opening up and diversifying the industry. The best ideas don’t always arrive fully formed, and I’m committed to working with authors collaboratively to identify and develop their ‘Voice’ and shape their ideas. Whether this is through a manuscript assessment, or a full line-edit, I’m keen to help.

I’m particularly passionate about books and authors who can inspire readers to think differently about the world that we live in, whether that’s through an incredible memoir that challenges an accepted narrative, or a work of topical fiction that gets people talking. One of the books that I’m proudest of publishing is Body Positive Power by the incredible Megan Jayne Crabbe (674 5*Amazon reviews and counting).

Genres Morwenna specialises in



Fiction:


Contemporary


Literary (including ‘bookclub’)


Crime / Thriller / Action


Comic/Satire


Historical


Short stories & novellas


Young Adult


Plays and screen scripts



Non-Fiction:


Memoir/Autobiography


Other narrative non-fiction


Testimonials


 

“Morwenna’s intelligence, sympathetic alignment with an author’s vision, expansive knowledge of reading audiences’ sensibilities, and industry engagement drawn from a decade collaborating with the world’s most celebrated publishing houses, ensures she is an enviable asset to realising the creative ambitions of writers, in whichever stage of gestation.”

– Kingston Trinder

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Jane

Jane Struthers

Jane Struthers – Editor



Jane Struthers has been writing books since her teens and ghosted her first book for A Very Famous Person in her twenties.

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Jane first made it into print under her own name in 1990 and since then has written over 30 non-fiction books that have been published by Ebury Press, Godsfield Press and Watkins Books, among others. Her book on the British countryside, Red Sky at Night, was named a Hatchards Book of the Year in 2010. As well as writing on a wide variety of general topics, Jane specializes in Mind, Body, Spirit subjects, including astrology, tarot, palmistry and healing. Jane recently trained as a homeopath but has yet to write about it. She is a non-fiction editor as well as a writer, so understands books from both sides of the writing process. Her books include Beside the Seaside, The Book of Christmas, The Palmistry Bible, The Psychic’s Bible, Attracting Abundance, The Wisdom of Trees Oracle and Moonpower.

Why we love Jane


Jane is our specialist editor in non-fiction spirituality. No one is more qualified to offer writing advice on this specialist subject!

What Jane says about editing


I know from my own experience how unnerving it can be to write a book and be unsure whether it’s any good. Showing it to friends and family isn’t necessarily the answer because most of them are too kind-hearted to say anything other than ‘It’s wonderful’. That might be good for the ego but it’s not always good for the writing. Every writer needs an objective and encouraging sounding board – someone who understands the business of writing and who can give guidance or praise as necessary. That’s why I enjoy my work for Jericho Writers. It’s so satisfying to get my metaphorical teeth into a manuscript and assess it carefully, not only for its content and the quality of the writing but also for its structure. Does point A flow into idea B, or are they interrupted by point P that has somehow strayed into the mix? My many years as a non-fiction editor have taught me to analyse a book to see whether it has succeeded in conveying the author’s message.

Genres Jane specialises in



Non-Fiction:


Memoir/Autobiography


Other narrative non-fiction


Subject-led non-fiction


Jane’s published books



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Stuart Walton

Stuart Walton – Editor



Stuart Walton is an established writer and editor who has had fifteen books published, and has been a senior writer and inspector on the Good Food Guide for thirty years.

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Stuart Walton is a writer and editor who has had fifteen books published. These range from a history of intoxicants, Out of It (now in its second edition), to critical studies of the emotions and the five senses, as well as a debut novel, The First Day in Paradise (2016). His next work is an inquiry into mayhem and disorder, An Excursion into Chaos, due from Bloomsbury in 2021. He has been translated into twelve languages.

As well as being a prolific book critic for, among others, the TLS, the London Magazine, the LA Review of Books and Review 31, Stuart is a Royal Literary Fund Tutorial Fellow at Plymouth University. In his early career, he wrote on food and wine, co-edited the Hachette Wine Guide and has been a senior writer and inspector on the Good Food Guide for thirty years. He was educated at Manchester University and Lincoln College, Oxford, and holds the Oxford Advanced Certificate in Creative Writing.

Why we love Stuart


In an industry that is more intensely competitive than ever, Stuart believes that aspiring writers need all the constructive and objective help they can get.

What Stuart says about editing


Neither commissioning editors nor agents have the time to offer the kind of detailed feedback in which we specialise at Jericho Writers, and yet nurturing the next generation of authors, whatever their age or background, has never been more essential.

I do believe in the old-fashioned virtues of clear, precise English, constructed of flawless grammar, spelling and punctuation, but I am always inspired too by genuinely stylish and energetic writing. Discovering and facilitating that makes me very happy. What we will aim to do is make your work not just saleable, but distinctive. I specialise in non-fiction proposals, particularly historical, theoretical and biographical work, and am well-versed in the standards of presentation required by academic publishers. My attention to detail is such that I am open to line-editing work as well as overall assessment.

Genres Stuart specialises in



Fiction:


Contemporary



Non-Fiction:


Subject-led non-fiction


Stuart’s published books



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Julie Hoyle

Julie Hoyle – Editor



During a very successful teaching career spanning thirty-four years, Julie enhanced her editing skills while assisting students in reaching their goals before entering the publishing world.

Julie Hoyle - Editor

Her copy-editing and proofreading experience in publishing is wide and varied. She edits fiction in a broad range of genres from crime to romance, from fantasy to comedy, short stories, poetry collections and children’s books She has worked on non-fiction texts and case studies in the areas of psychology, self-help and autobiographies. She has also worked on educational publications such as a new reading scheme, KS1, 2 and 3 maths workbooks, student planners and teaching posters.

Julie has written numerous book blurbs which have been complimented by the authors. She is a very conscientious worker, has a great eye for detail and always hits her deadlines.

Julie is married with a grown-up son. She is a keen Masters’ swimmer, competing in events all around the country and abroad.

Why we love Julie


Julie is a detailed and thorough copy-editor who has earned her stripes in teaching. We love reading her editorial work – there’s always so much to learn!

What Julie says about editing


After teaching for thirty-four years I have entered a new career in the publishing world with passion and enthusiasm to help aspiring writers reach their goals.

I relish the challenge and reward of copy-editing and proofreading; working closely with authors to understand their needs and intents and also to have an impact on their work. I provide the author with easy-to-read detailed feedback, giving advice and suggestions with reasons for those choices so that the author can make informed decisions.

I am a meticulous worker, excelling in spelling, grammar and punctuation with great attention to sentence structure, readability and clarity. I have enjoyed working on a wide range of genres but especially enjoy crime, romance and children’s literature.


Genres Julie specialises in



Fiction:


Contemporary


Literary (including ‘bookclub’)


Crime / Thriller / Action


Women’s


Romance & erotica


Science Fiction


Fantasy


Comic/Satire


Short stories & novellas


Picture books


Children’s


Young Adult



Non-Fiction:


Memoir/Autobiography


Other narrative non-fiction


Julie’s client successes



Testimonials


 

“Julie’s strengths are her service-oriented approach, her attention to detail and her desire to complete her work to schedule. She’s a safe pair of hands and I gladly recommend her.”

Aryanne O

“I hired several freelance proofreaders and I found Julie’s work was the most thorough; no dot or dash was left unattended. She proofread with a great deal of focus and an exceptional attention to detail. I was very pleased with her work and she is the first person I will contact for all my future proofreading. l would highly recommend anyone to hire Julie, if you require anything proofreading.”

Sofia D

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Edward Fenton

Edward Fenton – Editor



Edward Fenton has worked as a writer, publisher and editor for almost his entire career. He started out as a music journalist for NME, before getting his first job in publishing. His novel ‘Scorched Earth’ won the Sinclair Prize for Fiction, judged by a panel of former Booker judges.

Edward Fenton

He has written and/or researched over twenty radio documentaries, broadcast on BBC Radios 1, 3 and 4, and his documentary on Samuel Pepys’s love of music was described by the Independent on Sunday as ‘radio documentary at its best’. He has a particular interest in diaries, and in 1998 he set up an independent publishing company, Day Books. His editions of historical diaries have featured in the Books of the Year lists in the national press, chosen by writers including Iain Sinclair and Martin Amis. He co-wrote the libretto of an opera which had its London premiere at the BBC Proms: and he is currently a member of the Four Wordsmen, who regularly perform their work at a range of events and festivals.

Why we love Edward


Edward is our memoir specialist (among other things!). He’s a meticulous researcher and exactly who you want on your side when writing something so personal.

What Edward says about editing


I’ve never forgotten what it’s like to feel alone as a writer, desperate to get your words out there but with little idea how. So now I consider it a privilege to be able to work with other writers, to make their material as good as possible in order to reach a wide readership.

The fact that Jericho Writers doesn’t let its editors hide behind anonymity – unlike some other literary consultancies – means that no one should never feel that we’re delivering judgments from on high. I see it as a process of peer review. If I’m able to identify technical problems in someone else’s writing, it’s generally because I’ve made the same mistakes myself, and have worked out how to fix them.

And when I come across a new voice that urgently needs to be heard, and I discover that I can help – as with best-selling author Tim O’Rourke, who was able to give up his day job to write full time – that’s the most rewarding thing of all.


Genres Edward specialises in



Non-Fiction:


Memoir/Autobiography


Other narrative non-fiction


Subject-led non-fiction


Edward’s published books



Client successes



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Wes Brown

Wes Brown – Editor



Wes Brown is a writer, editor and researcher with a background in the publishing industry and many years’ experience of teaching creative writing.

Wes Brown

Wes was the founding editor of Dead Ink Books, young writer’s co-ordinator at the National Association of Writers in Education and has worked freelance for many literature organisations. He’s published novels, short stories, reviews and poems, and is currently writing an auto-fiction about his time as a pro-wrestler.

Wes has taught Creative Writing at the University of Kent, the University of East London and the City Lit and he’s also been awarded a CHASE PhD scholarship to research Narrative Non-Fiction. He is currently undertaking research at the University of East Anglia as part of a collaborative project investigating the future of literature and the written word.

Wes strongly believes in working with authors to achieve their own artistic ideals rather than project his own. Wes loves non-fiction narratives, memoirs, contemporary fiction and YA.

Why we love Wes


Wes is a tutor on our Ultimate Novel Writing Course and has valuable experience as a writer, editor and university lecturer. Wes’ combined industry and craft knowledge makes him one of the most useful editors on our list, particularly if you’re writing contemporary fiction, YA or memoir.

What Wes says about editing


My years of teaching have taught me how to combine theory and craft into practical advice that is easy to understand. Having worked in the industry as a publisher and bookseller, I’m aware of the commercial and real world considerations that go into the creation of a book. As a writer, I know what kind of advice you’re looking for and what you most need from an editor.

I am interested in editorial assessment of contemporary fiction, YA and all forms of creative nonfiction – including memoir, auto-fiction and literary journalism. I love being able to reverse engineer a book, open it up, and see how it works. I try to understand the ambitions of my client to give them advice that is most suitable to their aims. There is more than one way to write a book and I tailor my advice to suit the needs of my client. I take a great deal of satisfaction in helping authors help themselves.

Genres Wes specialises in



Fiction:


Contemporary


Literary (including ‘bookclub’)


Crime / Thriller / Action


Short stories & novellas


Young Adult



Non-Fiction:


Memoir/Autobiography


Other narrative non-fiction


Subject-led non-fiction


Testimonials


 

“I had no idea of the value that an editor could bring until working with Wes. Recommend very highly.”

Anon.

“Wes has helped my project take tremendous strides. I look forward to working with him again.”

Anon.

“I greatly appreciate the assistance Wes Brown has provided on my project to date. I originally approached him with a draft for editorial assessment, one that I was struggling to take further within the limits of my own imagination and writing talents. From reading his report he has shown all the qualities I was hoping to find in an editor.”

Anon.

“Working with Wes was not just a productive and worthwhile collaboration on a piece of work very close to my heart, it was also an education in the overall craft of writing.”

Anon.

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Liz Monument

Liz Monument – Editor



Liz Monument specialised in adult education and taught in the creative arts field for 22 years before becoming a full-time novelist and editor.

Liz Monument

Liz writes all kinds of fiction, including SF, historical, and horror. She believes that the mechanics of fiction are identical whether you’re writing literary, genre, or hybrids, and that the same principles can be applied to improve a manuscript regardless of its subject matter or style. Liz’s debut novel was short-listed for Mslexia Magazine’s unpublished novel competition in 2013, becoming a talking book in 2014, and a paperback in 2015. Liz’s second novel ‘Iteration’, a composite SF story, was on the submissions list for the Arthur C Clarke Award, 2018. Her third novel, written for a PhD in Creative Writing, is a genre-bending fusion of dystopian, historical, SF and literary fiction.

Why we love Liz


Based in Australia, Liz comes personally recommended by Jericho Writers Founder Harry Bingham. She’s particularly brilliant for writers who want an Australian perspective on their work, plus those writing historical fiction and dystopian/science fiction.

What Liz says about editing


I spent many long years as a struggling novelist, feeling the burn to write, but never being sure how well I was handling my material. Several of my early novels found themselves consigned to the fabled shoebox under the bed, having failed miserably. I finally enrolled on a creative writing course and realised that, with ongoing coaching, it is possible for the almost-there writer to achieve the next level. Even best-selling authors need an editor, so it goes without saying that aspiring writers need help too. Today, I apply the same principles I learned from my own mentors to help writers achieve their goals. Whether you want to self-publish, send your work to literary agents, or enter a story/opening chapter competition, I can help. I offer individually-tailored coaching and structural reports for any genre including mainstream fiction, historical, SF, literary, children’s, non-fiction, horror, dystopian, thrillers, crime, and erotica. I also edit non-fiction. I particularly enjoy genre fusions or stories which mess with form to produce unusual composites. Receiving criticism on your manuscript can be daunting (it’s your ‘baby’, after all!) but with somebody holding your hand and offering constructive editorial guidance, your work will become much stronger moving forwards. This is every writer’s goal.

Genres Liz specialises in



Fiction:


Contemporary


Literary (including ‘bookclub’)


Crime / Thriller / Action


Women’s


Romance & erotica


Science Fiction


Fantasy


Comic/Satire


Paranormal


Short stories & novellas


Children’s


Young Adult



Non-Fiction:


Memoir/Autobiography


Other narrative non-fiction


Subject-led non-fiction


Liz’s published books



Testimonials


 

“Liz’s close reading of my text and her careful analysis of the structure, content and language was incredibly helpful. Her feedback was insightful and diplomatic – Liz is an absolute pleasure to work with.”

Dr Petra M.

“Both Clan Carruthers Society International and myself would like to recommend Liz Monument for her exceptional editorial and communication skills. She is a highly competent and tenacious individual whose thoroughness, yet pleasant manner, makes her so very easy to work with. We have achieved so much with her kind assistance and cannot thank her enough.”

Dr George C.

“Liz is insightful, efficient, fair, and genuinely interested in doing her best for her clients. She has helped me far beyond what I expected… Liz covered a great many aspects of the art of writing and helped me to “think” about what I am doing. Thank you, Liz!”

Phil G.

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Alma Alexander

Alma Alexander – Editor



Alma Alexander is an internationally published novelist (14 languages in more than 20 countries), short story writer, and anthologist.

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She has more than 30 years of experience in the publishing industry, as a writer and as both an in-house and freelance editor of fiction and non-fiction. She has taught at several writing workshops and conferences, including the Odyssey Writing Workshop in New Hampshire, USA, and has been nominated for or reached the finals of a number of literary awards (Endeavour Award, the Pushcart Prize, the World Fantasy Award, the Washington State Book Award)

She has had more than 20 novels published in this millennium, including “The Hidden Queen”/”Changer of Days” (high fantasy), “The Secrets of Jin-Shei”, “Embers of Heaven” and “Empress/” (historical fantasy), other standalone novels and story collections in a range of speculative fiction subgenres as well as contemporary literature, and several YA series (the Worldweavers series, the Were Chronicles). She is currently – and always – at work on several new projects.

Why we love Alma


Alma has extensive experience of the US publishing world and understands how to guide writers to get the best out of their work. We particularly recommend her for any writers who want an expert US industry perspective on their work, and those writing fantasy – particularly for young adults.

What Alma says about editing


I have learned my craft from the ground up, having discovered my writing vocation early, and editorial work (helping other writers) followed naturally. I’ve always believed that a good editor is essential in the presentation of a work for publication. An editor’s role is advisory, not   prescriptive – the editor may offer advice on places where action is necessary and what it might entail , but will never “fix” the writer’s work for them, or interfere with the work  to the point of visibly inserting themselves into it. I have benefitted, in my career, from the advice of several such editors, and good editors are worth their weight in gold when they appear at the right stage in a book’s development.

A writer can be guided to tell a story in a more accomplished and smoother fashion – but it’s the writer who needs to bring that story. The editor cannot “rewrite” – and if a story presented ends up requiring that much input then editing becomes ghostwriting and an entirely different discipline.

Genres Alma specialises in



Fiction:


Contemporary


Literary (including ‘bookclub’)


Women’s


Science Fiction


Fantasy


Short stories & novellas


Young Adult



Non-Fiction:


Memoir/Autobiography


Other narrative non-fiction


Subject-led non-fiction


Alma’s published books



Testimonials


 

“I followed your suggestions and changed the POV character in the story you edited for me – and I just sold it! Are you available for my next project?”

S. Edwards, USA

“Thank you! I can’t believe I missed the things you caught!”

I. Radford, USA

“I need to start again and write something I really , really care about.  I need to read and reread your critique.”

P. Adunaya, UK

“You’ve provided me with a wealth of information to think about. I’m very grateful for your help!”

W. Randel

“Your criticisms are all extremely constructive and helpful and are exactly what I need at this stage.”

N. Stewart, UK

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Natasha Bell

Natasha Bell – Editor



Natasha is an author, PhD researcher and creative writing teacher. Her debut psychological thriller, His Perfect Wife, was published by Penguin in 2018 and her second novel, This Nowhere Place, is due out in early 2021.

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She’s also published short stories, memoir and creative non-fiction.

Stylist labelled His Perfect Wife ‘2018’s most gripping psychological thriller,’ The Guardian called it ‘an astutely written, complex debut,’ and Publisher’s Weekly awarded it a starred review.

Natasha holds an MA in Creative and Life Writing from Goldsmiths and is currently working on a practice-led PhD in autofiction. She teaches introductory and novel-writing courses at City Lit, mentors for The Riff Raff, and previously worked as a sub-editor at The Press Association.

She loves narrative in all forms, but has a particular passion for psychological suspense, women’s fiction and stories that blur the line between truth and fiction.

She’s lived in the US and the UK, and currently resides in south-east London.

Why we love Natasha


Because she reads so widely, Natasha is the perfect editor for anyone writing suspense in any contemporary genre. She has years of experience as an author and tutor at a prestigious university and specialises in helping writers write the book they really want to write.

What Natasha says about editing


Writing is hard, but it doesn’t have to be lonely. I’ve been lucky enough to find communities and mentors to help me through. As a teacher, I’ve also been lucky enough to help others discover their voices and develop their practice. It’s essential, I think, that writers at all levels support each other.

The biggest things I bring to an editorial project are passion and curiosity. I used to love Maths and have an extremely logical brain, so I’ll always have an eye out for inconsistencies, plot holes and contradictory characterisation. My first and most important task, though, is to explore the world you’ve built. My aim is to get right inside your narrative, to understand its ambitions, and to help find the very best ways to bring those out on the page.

I read a range of genres, but particularly love dark psychological thrillers, literary, queer and women’s fiction.

I offer manuscript assessments, line-editing, copy-editing and follow-up mentoring.

Genres Natasha specialises in



Fiction:


Contemporary


Literary (including ‘bookclub’)


Crime / Thriller / Action


Women’s



Non-Fiction:


Memoir/Autobiography


Other narrative non-fiction


Natasha’s published books



Testimonials


 

“an astutely written, complex debut . . . even seasoned genre aficionados will be surprised”

Guardian

“2018’s most gripping psychological thriller”

Stylist

“This smart, mirror maze of a thriller bristles with sharp edges, twisting familiar Gone Girl themes into Bell’s own intense creation”

Kirkus

“Ingenious…a gripping page-turner and a disturbing exploration of identity, art, and decency” ”

Publishers Weekly starred review

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